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Sex, Lies, and Celluloid

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  211 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
Detective Shane Mullin is used to domestic investigations. So when Janet Brint hires him to tail her husband, City Councilor Daniel, he doesn't think much of it. Everyone has something to hide, and Janet thinks Daniel's problem is drugs. It's not drug abuse that has Daniel hiding out, though. As Shane follows Daniel about, he realizes the politician is having lots of sex. ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published November 14th 2007 by Torquere Press
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Sep 16, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2009, m-m
The first sentence of my review should reflect the strongest feeling from the book aka heteros are evil spawn of Satan. Teal thongs is equivalent to horns. However this book started as very controversial. Married very rich woman married to rising star of the local politic scene was suspected her good husband doing drugs. She hired private detective to investigate the matter and here we have the plot line. The detective was gay and his side kick was very sympathetic lesbian. Cool homosexual chara ...more
Aug 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book! Both characters are very likeable and sympathetic, their story develops nicely, sex is hot and I liked the humorous moments :)

Although I have to say Celia was too intrusive for my liking. Don't get me wrong - she's a good character, when used sparingly - but after some time I really wanted for Shane to start making decisions for himself without consulting her first. Her inquisitiveness also grated on my nerves :/
May 01, 2008 rated it really liked it
Sex, Lies, and Celluloid is a fun read. Chris Owen and Jodi Payne work well together to create an unforgettable story.

Shane and Daniel are memorable as main characters. They have great chemistry together, whether they're chatting online or getting physical. Shane became interested in Daniel as more than a target, despite his efforts not to, and Daniel finds himself more attached to Shane than he wants to admit. There's an exciting amount of angst after the two meet, when Shane runs into the di
Elisa Rolle
If there is a thing I hate is a cheating man and maybe this is the reason why I didn't read soon this book. In the blurb you read pretty clear that Daniel is a cheating husband who hooks up on internet for sex. So adds promiscuos to cheating. I should hate this man. And instead I was fascinated by him like Shane, the PI Daniel's wife has hired to tail her husband.

Jodi Payne and Chris Owen have the mastery to decipt a character that gains your sympathy instead of hating him (truly I should have r
Oct 31, 2012 rated it liked it
Not a bad book, but for some reason I’m wishy-washy about it

Warning: This review might contain what some people consider SPOILERS.

Rating: 6/10

- There’s an adorable secondary character who’s best friends with Shane and is alternately sweet/supportive and frank/witchy. She’s refreshingly non-stereotypical, too. I also really liked one of Daniel’s close friends.
- A couple of the conversations the two main guys have occur via Instant Messaging, and they’re pretty cute. Simultaneously hesitant
Oct 12, 2014 rated it liked it
2.75 stars. This book takes a fairly dark subject matter, in which nobody comes off looking particularly sympathetic and ends up just sweeping it under the carpet. It is clear that the set up is simply for titillation because the author is not really interested in dealing with the topic in even vaguely plausible way. The book started out engaging but slowly petered out until I had to force myself though the final three utterly boring and beside the point chapters that failed to address in any su ...more
Oct 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars.

I love the pairing of Jodi Payne and Chris Owen. I have yet to find a book that I don't truly enjoy.

And this one is no different. Although I'll admit that I did have a moment of two where I wasn't sure if I was going to enjoy it as much as the others. But I needn't have worried. As usual I got picked up and carried away into the lives of these MC's. And as an additional bonus Celia was a fun and engaging secondary character who added a lot to the story in general.

I wasn't sure if these
Aug 22, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: m-m, mystery
I've tagged this a mystery, but it isn't really much of one. It's mostly a (porny) romance. I couldn't get over the creep factor that the MC is a PI hired to investigate his love interest and who then falls in "love" with him while he spies on him having sex (over and over and over); I didn't think their developing relationship was believable (but I suppose I am less forgiving than the love interest). Also, long passages of IMing which are already dated and soon will be unreadable. No.
Smith Barney
Abandoned at page 242. I just couldn't read further, as I found myself dragging with each page turn. MC Shane was dull and just a drag. Come to think of it everything in this book dragged. The online chat dragged. The conversations with his assistant dragged. The progress of hooking up dragged. His parents and him dragged. Narration of 1st pov of a dull character didn't make matters better. Cookie-cutter dull and for me..unfortunately...a drag.
Feb 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: other-interest
Rich wife full of ambition hires private detective to follow her politician husband who she suspects is addicted to drugs. But it's not drugs he's addicted to it men, lots and lots of men. These authors who are a dream team of writers have a style that makes you love the main characters, feel for this ups and downs, route for their love all with a healthy level of lust and hot scenes throw in. Just an excellent read I wish there was more!
Jan 29, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: manlove
Cute story with a fun, predictable plot. Great for a rainy day read.
Nov 06, 2011 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Sep 15, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m
I think that these 2 teamed together, create stories that are made of win!
3.5 stars
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